Monday, May 10, 2010

Our Building Blocks

Being home has provided Rosemary with the absolute best medicine, freedom. She is running and playing and acting like a toddler again. Life has definitely been good to us. We've been given a new opportunity at life with Rosie and we have so many people to thank for that.

I want to take this oppotunity to say thank you, to every single person who has thought of us, prayed the life back into Rosie, provided food, a smile, gifts, visited us at the hospital, given me time out of the hospital, taken care of my other chidlren, given me a ride, a lunch, occassional libations, texts, emails, Facebook messages and the constant streaming of positive interaction that kept my head held high when all I wanted to do was cry. Everything that each one of you has done has contributed to my peace of mind when all I could do was concentrate on Rosie's care. There is no way to try to explain the solace that I found in my heart and the strength that you gave my soul to push me through and passed the pain and realities of where we were. All of the wonderful outcomes that we enjoy right now are the direct result of your positivity and prayer.

To the staff at Children's National Medical Center in DC, where do I begin? I know it's your job, but I also know that Rosie gave many of you a run for your money. From her surgeon, Dr. Jonas, to her Cardiologist, Dr. Harahsheh, her GI Team, and the amazing CICU and HKU Nurses and staff, YOU ARE SIMPLY AMAZING! Thank you for standing beside me, knowing where we were, holding on to Rosie and I, and giving me the knowledge and strength that I needed to endure all that we did in the 6 months that we were there. You are the most incredible souls to me, to witness what you do everyday, to return to Rosie's room again and again when you had to put her through the tough stuff, and still be able put those optimisticlly beautiful smiles on your are my heroes.

To my family, the life that I have led has brought me closer to all of you. When you were not physically here, you were always spiritually here. There was not a moment when I did not feel your presence and love. The amount of support that I have is absolutely the most beautiful gift in my life. The strength that I had and have now is a direct result of your love and support for me and my children. The memory of this chapter in my life will never be forgotten, not because of the difficulties, but because of the triumphs that I share with all of you. The biggest one of all, Rosemary being here with us. I look forward to sharing many more tears of joy, I love you.

And to my sister, OMG, where do I freaking begin? I would not, by any stretch of anyone's imagination, be where I am without you and Travis. Thank you for taking us in, for loving my children like they were your own, for the constant care (and we know how constant it is) that it takes to be a mulit-family household, but most of all, thank you for putting up with my insanity, because let's face it, we all know from observation that I don't need a clinical diagnosis! Travis only signed up for one Irvin, and now he has to put up with two of us! Poor guy. You have been my silent strength, voice of reason and constant support. I am honored to call you my sister. I love you.

You all have been the building blocks in my life. I am eternally grateful for your lives, your wisdom, and love. Because of that, we go on.